So, You’ve Decided that a Photometer will Meet Your NIR Application Needs

Why Choose Process Sensors?

 

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Superior Technology & Support After Sale At A Reasonable Price

 

  • Accurate & Reliable
  • Easy to Operate &  Easy to Calibrate
  • Dual Core Architecture:  One core dedicated to NIR signal acquisition and the other programmed to manage computations and communications options
  • Built in cooling panel and air purge assembly
  • Adjustable filter wheel speed
  • Embedded bootloader for firmware upgrades
  • Viewer Suite Software:  Allows remote viewing  and editing of all MCT Transmitter functions
  • Communication Options:  Ethernet, Ethernet IP, OPC, Modbus TCP, Devicenet, Profibus etc.
  • Support After Sale:  Two Year Extended Warranty on Parts and Labor
  • Remote Trouble Shooting & Diagnostics

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Photometer or Spectrophotometer for Your Application?

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Best NIR Product Differentiation is Based On Application, Price, and

Ease of Use Considerations

 

Photometers are both well suited and established for the measurement of moisture, oil/fat and other easy to identify applications.  Photometers typically use targeted measure wavelengths where the parameter absorbs such as 1.94 microns for water and 1.72 microns for oil.  The Photometer then compares the response with non-absorbing wavelengths.  Sugar sprays can be measured based on the water carrier and flavorings based on the oil.  Photometers are typically the best choice for these types of applications.

Spectrophotometers measure the full spectrum and then use slices of that spectrum, not the whole spectrum, to generate factors via chemometrics or mathematical modeling such as PCR, PLS, Neural Networks and other treatments.  When the parameters being measured have overlapping absorption bonds such as different types of alcohols or saturated and unsaturated fats, they can discriminate between the constituents.    Also, for more difficult applications such as protein, salt, sugar, ash etc. spectrophotometers have advantages over photometers.

Calibrations for Photometers typically need 3 to 7 samples throughout the range of interest.  Calibrations for Spectrophotometers typically need 10 to 15 samples per modeling factor and can require as many as 200 or more samples to calibrate.

Photometers are significantly less expensive, easier to calibrate and easier for unskilled workers to operate.  If a Photometer meets your measurement needs, it’s a better choice for on-line, at-line and lab measurements.

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Moisture               Oil/Fat                Product Temperature

 

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Biscuit Moisture Case Study

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Application Driver:  Biscuit moisture impacts taste, quality and shelf life.  Biscuit moisture that is too low causes the biscuit to crumble.  Biscuit moisture that is too high adversely impacts biscuit texture, taste and shelf life.

Project Justification:  Laboratory moisture testing consists of taking biscuit samples from left, right and center of dryer exit prior to the cooler and packaging operation.  It has been determined that the left and right side are consistent with each other and the center is usually 0.2 to 0.4% dryer than the edges.  Additionally, the packaged biscuit moisture varied with ambient temperature and humidity while the biscuit travelled from dryer exit through cooler and onto packaging operation.

Installation of a NIR Moisture Transmitter at cooler exit and prior to packaging allows the operator to see the actual moisture of biscuits being packaged and make required adjustments or feed the signal into a PLC to control the moisture.  This improves quality control, reduces start up time waiting for lab values and reduces waste.  The large 5.7” Operator Interface displays moisture percent in green for good product, yellow for alert and red for alarm.  Additionally a stack light flashes when biscuit moisture is out of spec and annunciates if in alarm condition to draw operator’s attention to process.

 

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Corrugating Industry Moisture Control

Especially in Food Industry Packaging Applications with Custom Coatings!

The Corrugation Process requires the single face and double facer to match moistures to minimize warpage.  Historically when corrugated board warped, small companies would just have employees flip it over until humidity leveled it out.  Not scientific but functional and at the time economically effective to create good board if time and order delivery allowed.  The increasing demand for corrugated packaging is driving efficiencies.

Times have changed with industry consolidation, importance of short delivery times and need for high quality flat board for folding operations.

Process SensorsMCT460 is a stand-alone Near Infrared Moisture and/or Coating Analyzer.  The Guardian Cross Direction Web Profile System supplies alarms, archiving and much more.  The screen display easily shows the web profile in bright green, yellow and red for in-spec, alert and alarm conditions.

Process Sensors can supply solutions for warpage and coating measurements.  Water based wax coatings can be measured on the wet end at the moisture peak of 1.94µ or on the dry end at the 2.34µ hydrocarbon peak.  Ethernet outputs, Kepware OPC, Modbus TCP allow easy communication for moisture control systems.  Steam Re-Moisturizers, Liquid Application Systems and Sprayers can benefit from moisture and coating measurements to optimize process control.

Additionally, our Process Sensors IR Division can supply all of your Product Temperature and Thermal Imaging needs.  PSC IR excels at understanding and meeting your immediate need through an international network of specialists.

SenWare can supply all your On-Line, Lab and Portable Color Measurement Needs.  Their specialty is in determining if you need full tri-color stimuli that they offer in all formats such as L*a*b*; L,a,b;  RGB etc.  or a simpler version for your needs.  Contact SenWare to discuss your color measurement needs.

We work with leading Re-Moisturizer, Coating and Dryer Suppliers.  Please contact us at:  508.473-9901 to discuss your needs!

 

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Food, Bricks, Print Portable SenWare Color Analyzer!

Food, Bricks, Print and More … Portable Color Meter at a Reasonable Price!  2016 New SenWare Product Introduction!

 

SenWare UK has announced the 2016 NEW Product Introduction of their CR100 Portable Color/Colour Hand Held Color Measurement Gauge!  This unit is ideal for food, biscuits/crackers/bread/rolls and more when process measurement is not applicable or maybe not affordable initially.

SenWare also has a complete line of process, at-line and laboratory color analyzers for every Solid Color and Liquid Color need.  The uniqueness and specialty of SenWare is recognizing that some applications only need a single or dual and do not necessarily need tri-color measurement and providing the correct solution at an economical price.

 

Please contact SenWare to discuss your Portable, At-Line, Lab or Process Color Applications.

 

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Happy New Years from Process Sensors!

 

Process Sensors hopes that your recent Holidays and New Year Celebrations were Joyous and Spent with Family and Friends!

Process Sensors is planning on introducing new products and applications to better serve you, our partners, customers and friends!

 

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Happy Holidays from PSC!

A Visit from St. Nicholas

BY CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE

 

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

 

The children were nestled all snug in their beds;

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,

 

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

 

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,

Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,

When what to my wondering eyes did appear,

But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,

 

With a little old driver so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

 

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

 

As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;

So up to the housetop the coursers they flew

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—

 

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

 

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.

 

His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;

 

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly

That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

 

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

 

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

 

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

 

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Do You Know How Cereal Flakes Are Frosted?

Cereal Process DiagramThose delicious flakes frosted with sugar and similar spices like cinnamon to mini-wheat biscuits are carefully monitored for accurate FDA Food Safety and Compliance Standards.  Process Sensors helps make these important measurements.  Measuring the water based sugar coating and vitamin enrichment stations is very similar to our PSC water based coat weight measurement for labels and tapes.  The sugar water ratio is well controlled with precise metering systems and liquid/solid refractometry analyzers.

Cereal flakes were invented by Dr. John Kellogg and his brother Will Kellogg (W.K.) in 1894, at their Battle Creek, Michigan, sanitarium. They were experimenting with wheat, trying to make “a digestible substitute for bread,” when they accidentally left a batch soaking in water overnight. The next day, they discovered it could be formed and baked into little flakes.

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After four more years of trial and effort, the Kelloggs successfully applied the process to corn. However, they only sold cornflake by mail as a health food, to patients and former patients; Dr. Kellogg wasn’t interested in distributing it to the general public.

Flaked and sugar flaked cereals soon became an American staple with milk as a source of fortified Vitamin D from multiple suppliers.  The flakes are sprayed with a sweet (sugary) solution at approximately 230 degrees C followed by rotary drum dryers and then a vitamin spray bath.  Click Here to see a video on the process.  The dried and sugary vitamin enhanced flakes are then packaged for supermarket shelves.

Each unit operation contributes to shelf life and taste, and benefits from monitoring with Near Infrared (NIR) Process Analyzers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Process Sensors!  May all enjoy family friends and a great meal.  Gobble! Gobble!

 

Potato chips on a white background.Before dinner later this week you’ll probably have some snack food appetizers.  Maybe put out some Potato Chips for guests or some corn chips with dip.  Have you ever wondered why your favorite brands taste so good, not too oily and crisped just right?  Likely the manufacturer measures moisture and oil in the chip manufacturing process with a Near Infrared Moisture  & Oil Transmitter.  These non-contacting process transmitters supply digital displays, analog and digital outputs for monitoring, control and food safety data archiving.  The stainless steel housing protects the transmitter from the often oily and salty environment.  The QuikCheck At-Line and Lab Analyzer also speeds lab analysis of samples.

So when you next enjoy a crispy chip, think PSC!

 

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